Neural Therapy (NT) is a method of diagnosing and treating chronic pain and illness using injections of small amounts of a local anesthetic agent, usually in the form of Procaine (also known as Novocain) into carefully selected points of the body.
Tissue that has been injured by trauma, infection or surgery may lose its normal resting membrane potential resulting in a chronic condition where nerve impulses require less stimulation to “discharge”. This decreased threshold for nerve stimulation can cause chronic pain and illness as the nerves are constantly discharging--intensifying and habituating the pain. These areas of chronically depolarized tissue can result in “interference fields,” “primary restrictions” or “holding patterns of trauma” that prevent the innate healing properties of the body from working.
The primary therapeutic effect of NT is not thought to be the result of the “numbing” property of the anesthetic agent as the amount of medication used is miniscule and the resulting effects can last well beyond the usual pharmacological duration of the drug. NT effectiveness is believed to be due partly to the ability of procaine to restore the normal electrochemical resting potential (voltage) of cell membranes in areas that were previously injured. When skillfully applied, a small amount of procaine can initiate a neural modularly process that re-establishes the body’s self-bioregulation resulting in the restoration of the innate healing process.
Additionally, interference fields can manifest in dysregulation of our autonomic nervous system (ANS) both locally and systemically, resulting in an excess of our sympathetic “flight, fight or freeze response”.
Traumatic holding patterns are especially common in the fascial tissue. Anatomically, fascial tissue creates an interconnected supportive web weaving itself around every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein of the body. This fascial matrix envelopes all the internal organs, including the brain and spinal cord. It extends to the intercellular space as continuous molecular strands which appear to have mechanical, chemical and electrical signaling properties that are vital for optimal cellular health.
Traumatic holding patterns and interference fields affecting our fascial web and autonomic nervous system (ANS) interfere with the body’s innate bioregulatory mechanisms of healing. NT provides an alternative systematic approach to facilitate the body’s own bioregulation.
As a Neural Therapist, it is critical to recognize Neural-Fascial and ANS dysfunction. This is accomplished by not only addressing the patient’s present symptoms but also by obtaining a thorough life history including surgeries, scars, injuries, infections, dental work and emotional and physical traumas, all of which may have resulted in the formation of “interference fields”. Skilled palpation aids in the discovery of areas of focal fascial restriction. Carefully selected sites for injection are determined. Based on the patient’s symptoms, history, and physical findings, a very small amount of procaine is injected into the selected sites. Due to the non-segmental nature of the ANS and the all-encompassing fascial web, the location of the corresponding interference field is often remote from the physical location of the pain.
NT aids in restoring proper function to the fascial tissue and ANS which in turn can result in improvement in pain, functionality and emotional responses associated with chronic pain and illness.
NT was developed in Germany in the 1920’s. It has been in use in Europe for nearly a hundred years and is practiced by several thousand physicians across Europe and South America and is taught in German and Spanish medical schools. However, most physicians in the United States are unaware of this treatment modality. Fortunately, awareness of NT in the United States is increasing through the development of The North American Academy of Neural Therapy (NAANT)
Dr. J Kurt Grovenburg has been fortunate to have studied NT under the supervision of Dr. Ralf Oettmeier, Head Physician of the Alpstein Clinic in Gais, Switzerland and Dr. David Vinyes, Director of The Neural Therapy Institute in Sabadell-Barcelona. He is a founding member of The North American Academy of Neural Therapist (NAANT). Dr. Grovenburg is also a Board Certified Addictionologist. He has extensive experience working with patients who have become opioid dependent subsequent to having been treated with opioids for both acute and chronic pain syndromes. He has found NT it to be an especially helpful adjudicative treatment for these patients.
The injection of local anesthetic agents is commonly performed in the United States and is considered generally safe when performed by a license practitioner utilizing appropriate technique. However, due to the relative newness of NT in the United States it has not been reviewed by the FDA and is considered a form of alternative medicine, Unfortunately, at this time it is NOT covered by insurances.
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